How the rankings were determined (from U.S. News & World Report):
We looked at reading and
math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then
factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, who
tend to score lower.
We compared each school's
math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students - black,
Hispanic and low-income - with the statewide results for these student
groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their
We excluded schools from
consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent - a
threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give
extra resources to schools below 67 percent.
We calculated a
College Readiness Index, which is based on the school's AP
participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.
Tiebeakers were used to determine ranks of schools that achieved the
same College Readiness Index.